Saturday, December 14th, you are invited to join other trail enthusiasts for the 3rd Annual Cresheim Trail Walk. Please meet at 10 AM at the Springfield Library rear parking lot and then set off to explore the Montgomery County portion of the proposed Cresheim trail in vehicles and on foot. We will stop at key points where the proposed Cresheim Trail crosses roads to get a sense of the full scope of the proposed trail.
You will come away with a better understanding of the potential of the Cresheim Trail. We will wrap up our ramble at 1 PM and encourage participants to join us at the Trolley Car Diner for lunch. For more information call Susan Dannenberg at 215-715-9159 or Charlie Karl at 215-233-2090.
The Tri State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) recently posted an article suggesting that Cooper River Trail stewards look at the Schuylkill River Trail as a model for a first class bikeway in Camden County.
"Pick any day to visit the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia and you will see a fully-functioning commuter corridor — women and men bicycling and walking to work, while, across the river, motorists sit in miles of gridlock on the chronically jammed Schuylkill Expressway. Over a million people use the trail every year. But what makes this multi-use trail so attractive to commuters and different from other trails in the region? And what lessons can the Schuylkill River Trail offer for trail planners and builders across the state line in New Jersey..."
The Bern Township Supervisors and the Schuylkill River Heritage Area will cut the ribbon on a new section of trail Wednesday, December 11, 2013.The ribbon cutting ceremony will take at 2:00 p.m. near Washington Street where the trail ends at Herbine’s Lock, a canal remnant from the former Schuylkill Navigation System.
The 2,100-foot long, 10-foot wide, gravel multi-use trail follows the river edge stretching from a nine-acre proposed park site off Washington Street, south to Herbine’s Lock. It was constructed by the Bern Township road crew and paid for with a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) Recreational Trails Program.
The newly completed section is the first part of a 2.2-mile trail that will connect Bern and Ontelaunee Townships through Leesport Borough. When finished, it will consist of two off-road trail segments connected by an on-road piece.
Next year a northern trail segment will be constructed along a former canal bed, stretching 1,843 feet from Belleman’s Church Road to Canal Street in Leesport. From Canal Street, signs will direct trail users to follow an on-road route that takes them to Wall Street, across the Schuylkill River along an existing bridge to South Schuylkill Avenue, and finally to Washington Street. There it will go off-road again along the recently completed section.
The new trail will eventually connect to the larger Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), along what has been recognized as a high-priority gap in the SRT—the 20-mile Reading-to-Hamburg section.
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has created a signed, on-road route for cyclists wishing to continue along the trail from where it breaks off in Reading to where it picks up again in Hamburg. Plans call for constructing an off-road trail along that route as funds and resources become available. The new section represents one of the first off-road pieces of the Reading-to-Hamburg section.
When complete, the Schuylkill River Trail will total about 130 miles and stretch from Philadelphia to Pottsville.
At its November Borough Council meeting, Pitman, NJ became the fourth municipality and the eighth organization to pass a resolution supporting the Circuit. The resolution specifically encourages Gloucester County to allocate funds to support planning, design and construction of trails within the County. The Circuit Coalition greatly appreciates the Borough's strong support for the completion of a regional trail network. Thanks to John Fitzpatrick for sending us a copy of the Resolution and to the advocates in Gloucester County who helped make this happen.
Delaware Canal State Park contractors continue work on repairing the flood damaged canal prism (the berm that carries the towpath) with the hopes of the reopening a closed section of the D&L Trail in the Spring. This section of the towpath has been closed since the canal wall collapsed from flooding associated with Tropical Depression Lee in September 2011. For those that have been blurred by memories of Irene and Sandy, Lee was a storm that added to the inland flooding misery created by Hurricane Irene.
As of Late October work on the breach in Raubsville, Williams Township just north of the Bucks/Northampton County Line has been repaired and work on restoring the Towpath is now in progress. Other repair projects in Easton and near New Hope are also in progress.
The Delaware and Lehigh Canal towpath sections of the D&L are extremely vulnerable to flooding, we commend DCNR the D&L Trail Alliance and the Friends of the Delaware Canal's committment to preserving this historic transportation corridor.
From the PlanPhilly Website. Published on November 19th. Story by Kellie Patrick Gates.
The PCPC doesn't mind cyclists using what will essentially be the sidewalk on the north side of Race Street from 2nd to the river. But commissioners are worried about a caution-light only crossing of the I-95 northbound on-ramp.
City planning commissioners are fine with the concept of cyclists and pedestrians sharing a to-be-built, 10-foot side path along the north side of Race Street between 2nd Street and Delaware Avenue.
What worries them is how, exactly, those pedestrians and cyclists will safely cross the north-bound on-ramp of I-95.
The proposed path – essentially a sidewalk - would be the north-side counterpoint to its already existing sister on the south side of Race Street. This section of the street, from 2nd Street to the river, is called the Race Street Connector, as its job is to better connect Old City to the waterfront at the Race Street Pier. It and other in-the-works connectors on key east-west streets are an important component of the city's plan to better tie waterfront neighborhoods to the river, and the Race Street and other connectors are also part of the city's trail network.
Read the full article on the PlanPhilly site.
Tomorrow November 13th the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), along with officials from Camden County, the City of Camden, and the Delaware River Port Authority will hold a news conference on
to announce the award of $4 million in grants for trail design and construction projects
in Greater Philadelphia, including a $400,000 grant to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities on
the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The grant is helping to fund a $3 to $4 million project to install a bicycle and pedestrian ramp at the base of the bridge in Camden. The grant is made possible through DVRPC’s Regional Trails Program. Funded by the William
Penn Foundation, the program has now awarded over $9 million for 42 trail design and constructionprojects throughout the nine-county region.
Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
The Honorable Louis Cappelli, Jr.
Freeholder Director, Camden County / DVRPC Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, Delaware River Port Authority
The Honorable Dana Redd
Mayor, City of Camden
Helen Davis Picher
Interim President, William Penn Foundation
The Regional Trails Program provides funding for targeted, priority trail design,
construction, and planning projects that will promote a truly connected, regional
network of multi-use trails with Philadelphia and Camden as its hub. To date, $9.3
million has been awarded to plan, design, and build multi-use trails in the region. For
more details, visit www.dvrpc.org/RegionalTrailsProgram.
Emerge Plaza at Rutgers-Camden
N 5th and Penn St
By Steve Tawa
November 10, 2013 4:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The William Penn Foundation’s $10-million grant to design and construct trails in the Philadelphia region has run its course. Now, advocates are looking to tap other resources to continue building out the network.
Dozens of non-profit groups that form ‘The Circuit Coalition’ are trying to make the case that the regional trail network is a worthy investment. The just expired Penn Foundation grant funded 40 different projects.
The Circuit is their grand plan for a 750-mile regional trail network in the five county Philadelphia area and four more in South Jersey.
Sarah Clark Stuart is policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
She says, “we would like the board of the Delaware Valley regional planning commission to consider putting a very, very small portion – .2 percent – of their capital funds into this dedicated trail fund.”
The coalition is asking decision makers at the DVRPC to set aside about $3 million a year for regional trail development out of the $1.4-billion the Philadelphia region spends annually on highways and mass transit.
A $10 million, 2,000-foot-long concrete "boardwalk" being built out into the Schuylkill will extend the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge in 2014.
By 2015, a $3 million ramp for bikers and walkers is expected to be under construction on the Camden end of the Ben Franklin Bridge...
If you want to know more about the history behind our campaign to secure new trail funding for The Circuit, Christine Fisher at PlanPhilly covers it this week:
In November 2010, the William Penn Foundation awarded DVRPC $10 million to create a Regional Trails Program, which would distribute the funding to trail development projects over a three-year span. Since then that $10 million has helped move 40 miles of trails forward as well as leverage millions of additional dollars.
In many ways the $10 million grant accomplished what the William Penn Foundation hoped it would, but now that the money has been divided among projects, the foundation has no plans to replace it.
Not wanting to lose momentum, regional trail advocates have begun campaigning. The movement is being led by The Circuit Coalition, a group advocating on behalf of The Circuit, a work-in-progress 750-mile regional trail network.
“The Circuit Coalition Campaign is essentially making a case to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission that the funding was a huge success and that it should be replenished with another $10 million for a three-year period,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and a Circuit Coalition leader.
Mayor Michael Nutter, State Senator Michael Stack, State Rep. John Taylor, Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis, and former Congressman Bob Borski and other dignitaries joined board members and staff of the Delaware River City Corporation to cut the ribbon on the new 1.6 mile long Port Richmond Trail.
The trail, which is part of the East Coast Greenway, is the newest addition to the Delaware River greenway that is being constructed piece by piece by Bucks Countyk, DRCC, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. It was constructed with TIGER funds that the City of Philadelphia and Camden won in 2010.
Press coverage was great and we tip our hats to Tom Branigan and others at DRCC for working so hard for bringing this project to fruition. Thanks also to Parks and Recreation, the Streets Department and the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities.
Completed Port Richmond Trail Returns the River to its Neighbors (Philly.com and Plan Philly)
Riverfront Path Opens in Phila. (Philadelphia Inquirer & CBS3)
Circuit Ribbon Cutting Events
Chester Valley Trail Phase 2 (TBA: construction slated to be finished in late November; no ribbon cutting date set yet)
Penn-Tammany Greenway Coalition - November 2nd
Bike Expo Seminar - November 10th
Hikes, Runs & Boat Rides
Urban Circuit Backpacking Trip Nov. 1 – Nov. 4
D&L Marathon- November 1st
Schuylkill Riverboat Tour - November 2nd
Trail Work Days & Events
Cynwyd Trail Workday - November 16th
Cynwyd Trail Tuesday – Healthy Eating November 19th
Fundraisers & Meetings
Philadelphia Parks Alliance Celebration - November 17th
Cynwyd Heritage Trail Annual Meeting - November 19th
The Delaware & Lehigh Trail Alliance hosted the “Safe Trail Crossings for Eastern Pennsylvania” workshop on October 2nd in Allentown, PA. As part of that conference, several excellent presentations were made.
Christy Staudt: Trail Crossing Design 101
Steve Pohowsky: Trail Crossing Agreements & Trail Crossings of State Highways
A third presentation on risk mitigation and liability by PennDOT counsel, Steve Roth, was not approved for distribution, but we encourage anyone interested in the topic to contact Steve as a potential speaker: .
Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) released a new report in mid-October on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.
The report America's Rails-with-Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridorsexamines the characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the results of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's ongoing study over the past 20 years. It also provides a collection of data, examples and practical tools to assist trail planners and advocates in increasing awareness of the rail-with-trail concept.
Download the new Rails with Trails report here.
On October 20th, the first phase of the Darby Creek Trail was dedicated by Haverford Township. The trail segment is just over one mile long, and provides a travel and recreational route that is scenic and not matched by the road network. It was funded by DVRPC's Regional Trail Fund in 2011. Congrats to the Friends of Haverford Trails, Haverford Township and Delaware County for working so hard to get this trail moving!
Tomorrow, the Delaware River City Corporation and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 1.6 mile of the new Port Richmond Riverfront trail at Delaware and Allegheny Aves. This trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and was one of the 10 segments that received TIGER funding in 2010. Mayor Nutter and other dignataries will be in attendance.
Where: Pulaski Park, Delaware & Allegheny Avenues
When: October 29th at 2pm
The ENR award will share space on the wall with three previous awards for the bridge from the American Society of Highway Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Construction Management Association of America. It has been gratifying to have this collaborative project recognized by so many groups.